The president of Maldives Ibrahim Mohammad Solih has announced the conferring of the ‘Order of the rule of Izzudeen’, Maldives’ highest honour for a foreign dignitary on Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Abdulla Shahid, Maldives Foreign Minister: The President has announced his decision to confer on PM Narendra Modi,Maldives’ highest honour accorded to foreign dignitaries, “The Most Honourable Order of the Distinguished Rule of Nishan Izzuddeen” during PM’s visit today.(file pic) pic.twitter.com/IhSf4sMfAZ
— ANI (@ANI) June 8, 2019
The president’s office said in a statement that the award is “In recognition of the many services he has performed to cement the longstanding, amicable ties between the two countries, and for the magnanimous assistance that the Indian government has continued to provide the Maldives under Prime Minister Modi’s stewardship.”
PM Modi is to begin his first international visit after the new government took oath on May 30. Maldives is the first country the PM is to visit. PM Modi is on a 2-day tour to the Maldives and Sri Lanka.
Maldives has now joined the list of several other countries who have accorded their highest honour on PM Narendra Modi.
In April, Russia had accorded its highest civilian honour, The Order of St Andrew the Apostle, to PM Modi. Before that, the United Arab Emirates had awarded Prime Minister Modi with the highest civilian honour ‘Zayed Medal’ for boosting the relations between India and the Emirates.
PM Modi had also received the 2018 Seoul Peace Prize in South Korea.
It is notable here that not long ago, many ‘political watchers’ and ‘intellectuals’ had been complaining about India’s deteriorating relationship with the Maldives.